Sur la plage

A “haute papier” collection by Swedish fashion designer Bea Szenfeld. The new collection “Sur la Plage” is a continuation of Bea Szenfeld earlier paper projects “Paper Dolls” (exhibit earlier at Nordiska, Museum of cultural history in Sweden) and ”Whatever Forever” (exhibit earlier at Paris Fashion Week).

”Sur la Plage” contains 12 outfits, each and every one manufactured by hand and out of paper. In the hands of Bea Szenfeld the paper undergoes a complete metamorphosis. The compact cardboard is cut and fold into tiny architectural concoctions, which are assemble together by hand into incredible creations that leads your mind to Jules Vernes fictitious sea demons.

Among the rolling waves and uninhabited islands appears also the mythological folklore of the seamen. It is a male dominated existence with water sprits and sea nymphs that fascinates and seduces the men and drags them into the deep seas and rivers. With this simple resources as paper Bea has created a beautiful and delicate collection of garments. Dreamlike textures and elaborately layered wisps, precise paper cuts and expressive forms. Everything is pleated, stuck, sewed, and glued by hand.

Are these garments wearable? No.

Washable? No.

Strangely exquisite? Yes!

Styling by Bea Szenfeld.


Neptunes daughter

The collection ”Neptune’s Daughter” is a homage to Esther Williams. A competitive swimmer and a movie star, famous for her musical films featuring elaborate performances in swimming and diving. In her youth, Williams engaged in swimming competitions, hoping to go to the Olympics. This was in 1940 and the Olympics were canceled due to World War Two. Instead, she brought her Olympic veins into the movies, mastering it all. Swimming, singing and even directing scenes herself at one point when the director fell asleep.

Driven by a desire to design garments for women that will leave them always looking stunning, even below the water surface, Bea Szenfeld has created a unique and impressive swimwear collection for spring/summer 2009. “Neptune’s Daughter” reveals an incredible wealth of styles and designs with a wonderful sensation of nostalgia.

Photo Kristian Löveborg.

Styling by Jessica Mittelton.


Whatever forever

The collection “Whatever Forever” is a continuation of my earlier project “Paper Dolls”. Paper is a marvelous material with a complex character. My intention is to experiment with different variations of paper. From the stiff cardboard to the tender tissuepaper; from the strict lines of the A4-format to the pleated chaos of the paper shredder. With this simple resources I created a beautiful and delicate collection of garments all made out of paper. Dreamlike textures and elaborately layered wisps, precise paper-cuts and expressive forms. Everything is pleated, stuck, sewed, and glued by hand.

I think that paper has an endless amount of structures and technical solutions that opens the door to new perspectives. I want to change the way people see their daily life and the way they relate to objects around them.


Paper dolls

Can clothes made of paper change the way people see their daily life and the way they relate to objects around them?

With the Paper Dolls Collection I wanted to recycle one of the most common materials in our surrounding in an unexpected way. As you see the paper has an endless amount of structures and technical solutions that opens the door to new perspectives. My intention was to experiment with a variations of paper, from the stiff cardboard to the tender tissuepaper; from the strict lines of the A4-format to the pleated chaos of the paper shredder.

This collection was also a way to reuse a material that already makes people think of recycling -  and it became a continue to the recycling theme in my previous design.

Photography by Ann-Katrin Blomqvist.